|Photo by Mike Bulkley, on the super |
With the blue water on the beach, the surface temperatures have cooled down a couple of degrees to an average of 80° inshore and about 82° offshore. And, the fishing this week has been wild, crazy, and a lot of fun for a lot of anglers.
I - Starting with the offshore fishing the sailfish were coming on strong all week, with enough dorado for dinner to fill in the slack time. The average is 3 to 4 sailfish and a dorado a day for each boat.
Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II fished 2 days with Dan Helterline of Montana. Dan emailed me this: “I went out with Cheva for two days after fishing with you. The first day we hooked 3 sailfish and landed two, one of which we teased up to the boat and it grabbed my fly twice but I couldn't get the hook to stick. The next day we teased a sailfish to the boat but same story, grabbed my fly twice and couldn't get a good hook set. We caught a medium sized Dorado that day also.”
Plus, Cheva fished with clients from France for 8 sailfish and 2 dorado for 2 days of fishing.
|With Mike Bulkley looking on, Capt. Francisco is about to |
realease Nancy and Danielle Olsen's sailfish on the Huntress
Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, fished with clients from Switzerland for 6 days, getting 20 sailfish and 6 dorado.
|Don with his 1st beach caught jack crevalle|
II - However, the beach fishing at Barra Potosi went off like a cannon several times this last week, and sometimes a couple of times a day. The Barra is about 20 minutes south of Zihuatanejo, and Don Wollcott of Atwater, CA is staying at Bungalows Solecito on the beach, with just a couple of minutes walk to the village. The jack Crevalle chased the sardines right up on the beach in front of the bungalow for three days straight! The first day he got a 25-30 pound jack with the surface popper on a spin rod. The second morning he got another with the spin rod and then actually had time to run back to the bungalow for his fly rod and got another.
He told me the jacks were crashing the beach for almost a thousand yards! Can you imagine...? Incredible! He said they were in the knee depth skinny water, and 25 pound jacks crashed into his legs, almost knocking him off balance. The cast with the fly rod was just a short roll cast, for an instant hookup.
III - This leads us to the inshore fishing for roosterfish. Adolfo made the long run to Puerto Vicente Guerrero with his French clients on Tuesday, and got 16 roosters on top water poppers with the spin rods. We discussed this and he had a very similar experience we had the day before down there with Don Wolcott. The roosters are not on the beaches, but rather about a half mile off shore, crashing on bait.
|This unusual photo shows the rooser's mouth wide open|
and gills flared as it tries to suck in the hookless popper
|These were all large roosters. We found three |
separate schools like this.
|The fly line, above the hookless teaser popper,|
comes tight on a jack crevalle caught by Dan Helterline
We were able hit the school one more time, with Don free casting and getting hooked up, and losing his 3rd fish. And, they were big fish. Not small roosters in their teens, but 30 to 50 pound bruisers. Go figure on the lost fish. I guess it is Murphy’s Law for Roosters on the Fly Rod 1001….. Sometimes things happen which are inexplicable.
Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)
For a better understanding of our seasons and species of fish here in Ixtapa /Zihuatanejo, please click on this link: http://calendarforfishing.blogspot.mx/